Posts filed under ‘Kits’
Why Join Our Kit-of-the-Month Clubs?
Cotton Clouds specializes in over a 1000 kits for weaving, knitting and crochet! We’ve organized many of them into 20 Kit Clubs to make online ordering so much easier.
What better way to stay motivated in creating your favorite projects than to join one of these clubs.
Each kit contains just the right amount of yarns to complete your project, access to step-by-step instructions that guarantee success.
Once you join, you’ll automatically receive a kit either every (12 month club) or every other (6 month club) month, right to your front door!
Receive FREE Shipping on every Kit-of-the-Month Club kit! That’s free to all addresses within the 48 congruous US states. We allow 10% off your kit to all other addresses.
Learn a new skill while being productive!
Not only will you stay busy weaving, knitting and crocheting, but you’ll learn many new skills and techniques as well as explore a variety of Cotton Clouds’ yarns in the colors you love. Discover how unusual color combinations work in these time-tested, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed kits!
There’s something for everyone here!
Four-Shaft weavers will also love our Table Runners Club to weave elegant and practical runners for every occasion!
Knitters have been raving about our Knitting Scarf Club. They love the experience of knitting our best selling cotton and cotton blend yarns.
Babies, Babies, Babies love to be wrapped up in our best selling natural yarns. Choose to weave either four or eight luscious baby blankets with our Baby Blanket Club. When you join our Basic Baby Blanket Club you’ll receive one kit every other month for a total of four kits; join our Deluxe Baby Blanket Club and receive one kit every month for eight months.
Sock Clubs are just plain fun!
Imagine the luxury of knitting or crocheting yourself lots of socks in natural fibers and lots of fun colors!
When you join either of our knitting or crochet sock clubs, we include a book with your club to guide you step-by-step through creating the perfectly fitting sock.
Our Crochet Sock Club includes the book and enough yarn to crochet twelve fun pair of socks. Our Knit Sock Club includes the book and an instructional DVD along with enough yarn to knit yourself six pair of socks.
Join Our Facebook Kit Club Group
Whether you’re a member of any of our Kit Clubs or not, be sure to join our Facebook Kit-of-the-Month Club Group to see what everyone is weaving, learn new tips and hints we post as well as be the first to hear about our unadvertised sales!
JOIN A CLUB NOW!
Click HERE to view all our Cotton Clouds’ Kit-of-the-Month Clubs. Don’t delay! Join today to start getting your favorite kits shipped right to your front door. Remember shipping is always free (48 US States) on all kit club kits!
Have fun! Irene & Jodi
Got BABY? Need Blanket?
Make square after square for a collection of washcloths for Baby, or stitch them together for a cuddly blankie!
Looking for a simple yet beautiful gift for that new one? Look no further than this baby blocks collection. This book includes instructions for 10 easy-to-knit blocks, each featuring a different textured pattern. Also included are instructions for a block with a slip-stitch pattern; this block is worked 10 times, with each block using different colors for the stripes.
Worked in soft Cotton Classic, 100% cotton yarn and sewn together, the 20 blocks create a lovely baby blanket. Knit individually, they work equally well as washcloths for bath time.
The textured patterns are very geometric—diamonds, squares, basket weaves, circles, zigzag and more. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the variety of stitch patterns as you work each 8-inch block. Special consideration was taken that the blocks do not have any lace holes or strands of yarn to catch little fingers or toes.
So grab your yarn and needles and get started on this fun, portable and always interesting project! It’s easy to order this all-in-one BABY BLOCK AFGHAN KIT with all the Cotton Classic yarns and instructions you’ll need!
Meet the Designer
My mother taught me to knit when I was 9 or 10 years old, but it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I picked up the needles again, and I haven’t put them down since. What started out as a hobby, knitting for my three children, has become a full-time career. I began knitting model garments for the yarn industry, and at the same time working on some of
my own designs.
I then began doing freelance designing, and my patterns have appeared in the collections of Classic Elite, Fiber Trends, Tahki Stacy Charles, Lion Brand Yarns and others. They have been published by Annie’s and Interweave Press. In 2001,
I launched my own business, Lisa Knits, a line of knitwear patterns that are available in yarn shops across
Basic Block & Afghan Information
Block: 8 x 8 inches
Afghan: 32 x 40 inches
- Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic (DK weight; 100% mercerized cotton;
108 yds/50g per hank):
- 6 hanks butter yellow #3548 (A);
- 2 hanks each coral #3473 (B), leaf green #3716 ,(C) soft turquoise #3816 (D), light denim #3847 (E) and light wisteria #3915 (F)
- Size 7 (4.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- Stitch markers (optional)
The afghan consists of 20 blocks made with Cotton Classic yarns: 1 each of the 10 different-color textured blocks and 10 slip-stitch blocks that are worked with 1 main color and 2 contrasting colors that vary with each block.
Each textured block requires approximately 70 yards. Each slip-stitch block requires approximately
50 yards of A (main color) and 14 yards each of 2 contrasting colors.
Each block begins and ends with 41 stitches.
The borders are worked in Seed stitch and the centers are worked in the different pattern stitches. If desired, place markers between the 4-stitch
Seed stitch borders and the main pattern stitches. See each block for the pattern stitches.
With A and using whipstitch or mattress stitch seam, using Cotton Classic yarn to sew blocks together create a 4-column, 5-row checkerboard of textured blocks (Blocks 1–10) and slip- stitch blocks (Blocks 11A–11J) in any order desired.
Order BABY BLOCK AFGHAN KIT now and save $12!
Make 20 practical and soft washcloths for baby or yourself!
Create a luscious baby blanket afghan for your favorite baby!
Made with 100% mercerized Cotton Classic cotton yarn!
Machine wash and dryable!
Baby will love you for their blankie and so will the happy parents!
Enjoy, Irene & Jodi
How big is your creative community?
Our lives as fiber artists are woven together through a common thread of passion for color, texture, technique and purpose.
This community is bigger than you might think! Right now, around the world, people are weaving, spinning, knitting and crocheting!
Thanks to the internet, we have more options than ever before to learn and share our different techniques, styles and cultures as we manipulate our favorite fibers. Cottonclouds.com is pleased to be a common thread between you and the global community of fiber artists!
Sari Silk: Helping women earn a fair wage!
Sari Silk is a 100% recycled multi-colored silk spun from recycled “saris” that women South Asia wear. Silk sari fabric is shredded and then respun into a vibrant silk yarn.
This industry helps support the many struggling economic regions of Nepal and India and mainly benefits the women and women’s development groups there.
Whether you choose to spin your own sari silk yarn from the silk fiber, purchase the sari silk yarn, or one of our sari silk kits (click on kits above, to learn more) , you’ll be helping women around the world as well as creating a truly unique product. I love Sari Silk!
Folk Series: Bring the world to your fingertips!
For the worldly-minded knitters, travel the world and explore the culture with the Folk Series of books from Interweave Press. The history and traditions, folk stories, and regional histories from the countries of origin are presented in each volume.
What a wonderful way to connect to these folk traditions.
You too can Weave a Real Peace: Join WARP!
Remember the phrase, Act Locally, Think Globally? Weaving a Real Peace (WARP) is an international networking organization based in the United States that delivers. Founded in 1992, WARP offers a forum for those interested in supporting individuals and organizations that strive to maintain long-standing textile traditions.
Come join me at WARP’s Annual Meeting May 29-31, 2015 in the Bay Area and feel part of the global “tribe of fiber artists”. Rocio Mena Gutierrez (read her blog) will be giving a presentation on the Importance of Textiles to Grassroots Economies in Guatemala.
Travel to Guatemala from the comfort of your loom!
Mayan Hands, a fair-trade organization The Natural Dye Project brought the ancient craft of dyeing cotton yarns with local plants to the women of San Rafael, Guatemala and to produce these Friendship Towels with Tintes Naturals that you can now weave!
As you weave these gorgeous naturally dyed towels, you will not only be creating a set of four all-cotton towels, but you will be giving the women of Guatemala a chance of better life and honoring the skills they have spent a lifetime learning.
Over 150 kits have been sold; the women’s annual, fair-trade income increased ten-fold from the sale of these kits. A joint community effort of dyeing instructors, towel designer, graphic artist, and Cotton Clouds marketing of this kit has all been done through volunteer work.
Join the community of our Kit-of-the-Month Members!
In the spirit of continuing the community, Cotton Clouds has created a new group on Facebook: the Cotton Clouds Kit-of-the-Month Club. If you have participated in any of our monthly Kits or Clubs, please join us!
Creating Community one post at-a-time!
This group is a place to ask questions, share your projects and be inspired by the work of others. Our kits are easy and affordable, and there is something for every fiber artist! Now is a great time to check out the variety we offer and ensure that 2015 will be your year to feel creative and accomplished!
Insta-Community on Instagram!
Say Cheese! You can now connect with us on Instagram, we’re @CottonCloudsYarns. We’d love to see what you are doing with your cotton and natural fibers: spinning, knitting, weaving, crocheting or even dyeing!
It is truly rewarding to feel connected to the thread of fiber artists all over the world whether here at home or half way across the globe.
Irene Schmoller, Cotton Clouds’ founder and owner.
A Cornucopia of Great Ideas from CottonClouds.com
Halloween just finished and with Thanksgiving only three weeks away decorating season is in full swing! Here at Cotton Clouds we’d like to help you stuff as much fun as you can into this holiday season. We have free patterns, sales a-plenty, and a great giveaway with lots of prizes – read all about the Cotton Clouds Pin It to Win contest below!
Gobble Up These Savings!
Mix and match colors of any of Cotton Clouds’ Cone Yarns on orders of $200 or more and receive free shipping as part of our Yarn Sale! Mini cones are now included in this sale. Until December 1, 2014 when you purchase any time-saving kit offered through CottonClouds.com, as part of a $35 order or more, you can also receive free shipping! We have kits for your craft of choice: weaving, knitting and crochet, and this is a great way to get your project supplies ready to go.
Cotton is Your Go-To for Tablesettings
The easy care of cotton products makes it a great choice for napkins, placemats and runners on your table. Try these fabulous ideas for a complete cotton tablescape:
- Cornucopia Placemats and Napkins Set (shown above, top)
- Combine several cotton bolls with pumpkins or greenery like fig or bay leaves and you have a festive and easy centerpiece as well!
- Christmas Overshot Runner (shown above, bottom)
Pin It and Win!
Cotton Clouds is hosting a Pin It to Win contest. Create your own Christmas Wish List board and pin away! Use your board to shop for yourself, for gift ideas or to let your Santa know what you want! Check back daily for new pins to add to your board! Earn a bonus entry for every Facebook friend you invite to enter. On December 4, 2014, 5 lucky pinners will win CottonClouds.com gift certificates – a nice prize to help you shop this holiday season, for others or yourself!
Carve Out Time To Craft
We understand this is a busy time of year between holiday preparations, cooking your favorite family recipes, and traveling to visit relatives. When you are able to carve out time for your favorite craft, pick a quick project for the near-instant gratification! We’ve recently added two Pinterest boards devoted to these quick projects: Hats and Ornaments.
Cotton Clouds Gift Certificates
A Cotton Clouds Gift Certificate allows you to give a loved one (and even yourself) the choice of quality yarns, fibers, kits, club membership, spinning wheels, weaving looms, books, DVD’s and more!
Let’s Have Some Halloween Fun!
Are you ready to fill your Fall with fun? Cotton Clouds prefers the sweet and silly to spooky and scary, so check out our round-up of ideas to cover your crafty needs this month!
Cotton Up to Halloween Costumes!
Right now Pinterest is full of wonderful Halloween Costume ideas. Of course we pinned several to our Halloween Fun board! What better costume for any cotton fan? We get such a giggle each time we look at the adorable “Cotton Boll Kid” as we have come to refer to her, and how wonderful are the cotton ball wigs?
Festive Cotton Decorations!
Time to get festive! Sure pumpkins and candy corns may dominate the color palette, but don’t be afraid to branch out and make use of the other seasonal colors! Why not include cotton bolls in your tablescape? They provide a lovely neutral – aren’t they pretty in these images?
- Fall Fiesta Placemats (top center)
- Allegoro Harvest Runner (bottom center)
- 10″ or 15″ Cricket Rigid Heddle Weaving Studio Special
Spin Up a Scary Yardage!
- Monster Mile Cotton Spinning packs (only available until October 15, 2014!)
- Black Diamond Bamboo Sliver
- Multi-colored Hand dyed Supima Sliver (shown above in Sunflower)
Quick & Easy Knit or Crochet Projects!
Our go-to yarn choice for each of these quick knit or crochet projects would be Tahki Cotton Classic! Shown above are:
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Here’s to a Safe & Happy Halloween with lots of treats! Feel free to let us know how your spinning & weaving is going – share a link to your project or post a picture to our Facebook page!
Irene & Jodi
What words come to mind when you think about spinning cotton? Cotton Clouds recently posed this question to fans on Facebook, and you can see the words and phrases that were shared. At CottonClouds.com, we make cotton spinning easy with quality tools and instruction. But you don’t have to take it from us! We asked Rebecca, to whom we recently sent our All About Cotton Spinning kit, to put in her own words, her experience spinning cotton for the first time! Take it away, Rebecca!
A New Spinner’s Experience
Thanks to Cotton Clouds for the opportunity to share my experience here! I have been a knitter for 13 years and have been practicing my crochet skills for 5 years, you can see many of my projects on Ravelry. I have often admired the spinning I have seen at fiber festivals and workshops, and by my friends at our knit night. I have a drop spindle and have spun wool with limited success over the last few years. I love to try new things and the All About Cotton Spinning kit seemed right up my alley – everything you need to get started is in the kit!
I’m a very touchy-feely knitter – I like to give my yarn a good squish. When I opened up the kit, I was really impressed by how soft each of the different cotton fibers felt! There was some lovely “squoosh” factor there. The variety of cotton was impressive: Pima, Acala, Brown and Green cottons, punis, and a cotton bolls are included in the kit. My daughter, who is 6, thought it was wool at first! This was a fun little learning moment for her to see what cotton looks like before it is yarn!
Cotton Spinning is Easy with Quality Tools
Cotton has a short staple length and I had heard the more prepared it is, the easier it is to spin. I have practiced with the punis and cotton in sliver form. A Tahkli spindle is included in the kit. It is a small supported spindle from India, with a heavy brass whorl to help build up a lot of spin which will give the yarn the much needed twist to hold together. I spent a while just practicing giving the Tahkli a little flick and letting it spin in the space created by my thumb and index finger.Since it is not a drop spindle, I let it rest on a flat surface. Boy, that spindle can spin! It is mesmerizing to watch, it is like a toy top!
As I said before, I’m a very green spindle spinner, so getting started with the actual fiber was the hardest part for me. I asked Irene about this, what I should use for a leader yarn, and she gave me the tip to use one of the punis – to pull a bit out, get it on the Tahkli hook, draft a bit and start spinning from there. That worked like a charm!
Cotton Spinning is Easy with Quality Instruction
This video from Cotton Clouds was very helpful! I encountered slubs, but if there is enough spin, you can see the twist travel up the fiber! It is pretty neat to see that in action. I still need to practice making sure there is enough twist in the yarn before winding it on to the shaft and drafting the next section out. Interestingly, this practice did not frustrate me as I had experienced with the wool!
So what words come to my mind when I think about spinning cotton? Magic, fun and practice! I will be peeking in on CottonClouds’ I Spin Cotton Ravelry group. Maybe at some future point I’ll be able to post again and show you a finished object from my own cotton handspun! There are some great ideas on the CottonClouds Pinterest boards, don’t you agree? Thank you to Irene and CottonClouds.com – they do make spinning cotton easy! For all of you out there who also enjoy spinning cotton, stay tuned for more details as the 2014 Cotton Clouds Spinzilla team, Cotton Clouds Cottontails, will be ready for team spinner signups starting August 4, 2014! Keep your eye on the Facebook page and Ravelry group for Spinzilla updates as well!
Did you know that your eyes are capable of distinguishing between 10 million colors? That’s what the experts say! Maybe you would like to make a purple sweater – do you want a purple that is more lilac, violet, or fuschia? If you have a specific color in mind for a project, you might want to try experimenting with dyeing your own yarn. Dyeing your own yarn is a fun project to try at home. The result of having your own unique colorway will add to the feeling of pride in your handiwork!
Dyeing Cotton Yarn
Cotton yarns require a slightly different approach for dyeing.
- Cotton is a cellulose fiber (not a protein fiber, like wool, alpaca, or human hair).
- Prepare your yarn by winding it into a skein.
- Wash your yarn to remove any spinning oil or wax that may prevent dye absorption. Click here to our “From Start To Finish: Cotton Spinning” video for specifics on this scouring process.
- Pretreat the yarn
- Use dyes that are specific for cellulose fibers – Cotton Clouds offers Botanical Dyes that are great option.
EZ Dye and Dye-Lishous
EZ-Dye (Dye-Lishous) Cotton Sliver and Cotton Yarn have been pre-mordanted so that the fiber will take up the dye so that you will not have to mordant your cotton prior to dyeing. This eliminates the pretreatment step, saving time, money, energy and water!
The other great advantage of EZ Dye Cotton is that it can be dyed so easily after spinning and weaving. Weave the EZ-Dye (Dye-Lishus) yarn by itself or with an untreated cotton yarn. The fun begins when you immerse the finished cloth in a dye bath! The treated EZ-Dye (Dye-Lishus) cotton yarn will absorb the dye, and the untreated will not. Imagine napkins, baby blankets, shawls, and jackets that can be quickly woven without color. Once you know what color you want your log cabin or shadow weave project, you simply dye it! Magic!
Here are the kits CottonClouds.com has ready for you:
- EZ-Dye Cotton Log Cabin Napkins Weaving Kit
- EZ-Dye Cotton Napkins: Spin Some Yarn and Weave It!
- EZ-Dye Cotton Napkins: Spin All Your Yarn and Weave It!
Everything You Need to Know is Here!
Whether you’re a hand spinner or just want to know the most successful way to spinning cotton yarns, this newly re-published (by Cotton Clouds) book, Handspinning Cotton will give you all the recipes you’ll need to dye your cotton!
Dyeing with Drink Mix
An easy introduction to dyeing, and one that is also a fun activity to do with kids, is to use powdered drink mix. You’ll end up with a yarn in a unique colorway and one that smells fruity too! Just know that the color will fade over time and with washing.
What’s Your Dyeing Experience?
We’d love to hear about your experiences with dye experiments! Leave us a comment here on the blog, share it on our Facebook page, or post in our Ravelry group. If you’re inspired to give dyeing a try, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for even more inspiration!